William Batstone > Chambers of Anna Vigars KC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Anna Vigars KC
Guildhall Chambers

Work Department

Agricultural and rural property dispute resolution.


For 20 years, William has practised exclusively in the resolution of agricultural tenancy and related disputes, having learned the trade as a solicitor and later partner at Burges Salmon from 1994 to 2001 before returning to the Bar, having been called by Middle Temple in 1982.

William is instructed by solicitors and chartered surveyors on behalf of their clients, by arbitrators appointed to resolve disputes concerning agricultural holdings and he accepts appointments himself to act as arbitrator in such disputes. William is a trained mediator and his part-time judicial role as a Deputy District Judge since 2001 adds to his experience.


Barrister in London Chambers 1983-94; solicitor and partner with Burges Salmon Bristol 1994-2001; barrister in Guildhall Chambers 2001 to date; Deputy District Judge 2002 to date.


  • Agricultural Law Association
  • Chancery Bar Association


  • Diploma in Law, City University
  • BA Hons in Philosophy, York University
  • Marlborough College

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Agriculture

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

William BatstoneGuildhall ChambersWilliam is excellent with clients and meticulous in his preparation. He is very approachable and helpful, and works with you throughout the case every step of the way. His advice is always realistic.’

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Property and construction

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

William BatstoneGuildhall ChambersHis preparation is meticulous and he provides measured and careful advice. An accessible and approachable barrister who gets on really well with clients.’